What’s Eid All About? Do Muslims Really Have Fun?
Break – Fast = Breakfast!
Eid Al-Fitr marks the end of Ramadan – when Muslims worldwide break their month-long fast.
The celebration carries a distinctive meaning and spirit in Islam.
It is an occasion to increase in good deeds, and the determination to continue in obedience and submission to one God, Allah.
Where’s The Moon?
Unlike Christmas, Eid doesn’t fall on a fixed Georgian calendar date. The date of Eid varies in accordance with the Islamic lunar calendar.
It’s a Holiday!
In Muslim countries, Eid is an official public holiday that lasts for at least three days.
Many school districts in USA have recently recognized the Muslim holiday of Eid officially and give the students off on that day.
Rub, Scrub & Change
Muslims start the feast day by bathing, wearing their finest clothes and eating some dates before going to the Mosque to start the day in prayer.
The special Eid prayer brings Muslims together to remember God’s bounties and celebrate His glory and greatness.
The prayer starts just after dawn; men, women, and children are all encouraged to attend the one hour sermon.
The No-Poor Day!
A special gift known as Zakat Al-Fitr is given to the poor. This consists of food, such as barley, dates, raisins or wheat flour to feed the poor Muslims so that they have enough provision during Eid.
It is recommended to go to the Mosque by one route and come back from another, so as to spread the joy and make the festivities visible throughout the towns.
Yum! Family and friends gather over meals, attend processions and celebrations and spend time together.
It’s a tradition to share gifts with children and family members to mark the festivity of Eid, pretty cool!
Last but not the least, it is a time to remember Allah and thank Him for all His blessings and ask for forgiveness.